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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS

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IN WASHINGTON,

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Plaintiff,

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CV-05-01801 (ESH)

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vs.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF

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HOMELAND SECURITY

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Defendant.

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JOINT MOTION TO SET A BRIEFING SCHEDULE ON MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND SUPPORTING MEMORANDUM

In light of this Court’s order dated November 29, 2005 granting defendant’s motion for a

stay of the proceedings until February 14, 2006 and ordering defendant, after consulting with

plaintiff, to file a joint motion proposing a briefing schedule on February 19, 2006, Defendant

United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Plaintiff Citizens for

Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”), by and through undersigned counsel,

hereby jointly move for leave to set a briefing schedule on motions for summary judgment.

For that briefing schedule, the parties request (1) that defendant DHS be given up to and

including April 26, 2006, in which to file a motion for summary judgment; (2) that plaintiff

CREW be given up to and including May 17, 2006, in which to file its opposition to defendant’s

motion and any cross-motion for summary judgment; (3) that defendant be given up to and

including May 31, 2006, to file its reply and any opposition to plaintiff’s motion; and (4) that

plaintiff be given up to and including June 14, 2006, to file a reply to any cross-motion for

summary judgment.

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This schedule is based on an agreement between counsel that in the interim, plaintiff will

complete its review of documents DHS produced that were responsive to CREW’s Freedom of

Information Act (“FOIA”) request and inform DHS which redactions and exemptions plaintiff

will challenge. The parties have also agreed that thereafter, DHS will give CREW an index of

the redactions and exemptions that CREW is challenging, and that such index will include a

description of each document and the justification for the redaction. Upon receiving this index,

CREW will inform DHS which redactions and exemptions it is still challenging. In this way, the

parties anticipate that the issues for resolution can be narrowed significantly.

CONCLUSION

For the foregoing reasons, the parties jointly request that the Court enter the attached

proposed Order.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Anne L Weismann

ANNE L. WEISMANN (D.C. Bar No. 298190) MELANIE SLOAN (D.C. Bar No. 434584) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 11 Dupont Circle, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 588-5565

Counsel for Plaintiff

PETER D. KEISLER Assistant Attorney General

KENNETH L. WAINSTEIN United States Attorney

ELIZABETH J. SHAPIRO (D.C. Bar 418925) Assistant Branch Director U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch

/s/ Adam D Kirschner

ADAM D. KIRSCHNER Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch Mailing Address P.O. Box 883 Washington, D.C., 20044 Delivery Address

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20 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Room 7222 Washington, DC 20001 Telephone: (202) 514-5302 Fax: (202) 616-8470 adam.kirschner@usdoj.gov

Counsel for Defendant

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS

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IN WASHINGTON,

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(Proposed Order)

Plaintiff,

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CV-05-01801 (ESH)

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vs.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF

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HOMELAND SECURITY

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Defendant.

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(Proposed) ORDER ON JOINT MOTION TO SET A BRIEFING SCHEDULE ON MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Having considered the Parties’ Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule, the parties shall adhere

to the following briefing schedule, unless it is modified by the Court for its own convenience or

on application of a party:

Defendant is hereby Ordered to file its motion for summary judgment by April 26, 2006;

Plaintiff is hereby Ordered to file its opposition to defendant’s motion for summary

judgment and any cross-motion for summary judgment by May 17, 2006;

Defendant is hereby Ordered to file its opposition to any cross-motion filed by defendant

and defendant’s reply to plaintiff’s opposition to defendant’s motion for summary

judgment by May 31, 2006;

Plaintiff is hereby Ordered to file its reply to defendant’s opposition to plaintiff’s motion

for summary judgment by June 14, 2006.

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SO ORDERED on this

day of February, 2006.

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ELLEN S. HUVELLE

United States District Judge